Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education

Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education
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Minnesota Elimination of Bias On-Demand CLE

Complete Your Bias CLE Requirements for Only $20

This course is now expired, and cannot be taken for Minnesota credit after June 30, 2016. The replacement course is now available, and can be found at This Link.

Minnesota attorneys may now completely satisfy their "elimination of bias" CLE requirement with this convenient on-demand program, at a cost of only $20

On December 6, 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court amended the Minnesota CLE rules to permit "on-demand" CLE programs. The new rules took effect on July 1, 2014. Minnesota attorneys may now complete up to 15 of their required 45 credits using on-demand programs. You are now able to download a program and take it at your convenience. The new rules permit you to use these on-demand credits for any type of CLE, including ethics and bias. This program satisfies the elimination of bias requirement for your three-year cycle.

The program on this page can be used to satisfy your Minnesota elimination of bias requirement. If you already have your bias credits taken care of, this program can be used for your general CLE credit requirements.

To receive CLE credit, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the course materials by following this link.

  2. Listen to the two-hour audio program. There are three ways to listen to the program:
    • You can listen online at the following links:
      • Part 1:
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      • Part 2:
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    • You can download the program at the following links:
    • You can listen by phone (normal long-distance charges apply):
      • Part 1: Dial 1-712-432-3131, then enter access code: 24007722
      • Part 2: Dial 1-712-432-3131, then enter access code: 51050752

  3. If you have any substantive comments or questions about the program, you can call me or e-mail me, and I will respond promptly. You can reach me by phone at 612-378-7751, or by e-mail at

  4. During the program, you will be given four code numbers. Write down the four numbers you hear. They will be in the following format:
    • B 1 __ __
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    • B 2 __ __
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  5. Send me the four code numbers. You can send them to me by e-mail at, by phone at 612-378-7751, or by U.S. Mail to: Richard Clem, PO Box 14957, Minneapolis, MN 55414. If paying online by credit card, you can also include the code numbers when making your payment.

  6. Make payment of the course fee of $20. You can pay by check to Richard Clem, PO Box 14957, Minneapolis, MN 55414. You may also pay online at the link below.

If paying online, click the "Pay Now" link below. You will be able to enter the code numbers during the payment process. If you prefer, you can leave this field blank and send the code numbers to me separately.

Upon receipt of your payment, I will send you via e-mail a certificate of attendance. If you don't have an e-mail address, I can send this by U.S. Mail. I process these courses manually, so please allow time for me to respond. I will normally provide your certificate of attendance within 24 hours.

This program runs slighly over two hours. Each part of the program is approximately one hour in length. Part 1 was originally presented on May 27, 2014, and Part 2 was originally presented on June 11, 2014.

CLE Credit

Minnesota: Two elimination of bias credits (on-demand) have been approved. Minnesota Event Code 193087. This program is eligible for credit between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2016.
Wisconsin: Two CLE credits (on-demand) have been applied for. This program is eligible for Wisconsin credit until August 8, 2015.
New York: Two CLE credits available through reciprocity with Wisconsin.

Course Description

Elimination of Bias. Presented by Richard Clem. We'll start by looking at the rules governing bias within the legal profession, which is a subject covered by both the General Rules of Practice and the Rules of Professional Conduct. We will then see how well we are collectively doing as a profession and legal system in abiding by those rules. We will do so through the eyes of participants at a series of community dialogues at which community members were asked to describe their experiences and discuss ideas for advancing racial equality and fairness in the courts. All participants are welcome to share their insights.

Elimination of Bias Learning Goals

This program is offered for Minnesota Elimination of Bias credit, and meets the learning goals set by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education. The program is over sixty continuous minutes, relates directly to the practice of law, and is designed to meet the first and third learning goals for elimination of bias courses:

We will begin by referencing the Supreme Court's 1993 report on the elimination of bias in the judicial system, and we will also look at how both the Rules of Professional Conduct and the General Rules of Practice require us as lawyers to avoid bias.

Then, we will look at how well we are doing in meeting these requirements, as seen by various communities, including communities of color. In particular, we'll examine the suggestions made by members of the public at community dialogues held over the past three years by the Supreme Court's Racial Fairness Committee.

There will be opportunities for participants to discuss these suggestions, and to offer our own suggestions on how we can fulfill these professional obligations.

About the Speaker

Richard P. Clem is an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991). You can visit his web pages at and and his blog at

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